“Although we topped 10,000 in our membership drive this past year, we know there are cattle producers in the state who are not
The theme of this year’s meeting is “Grab Reality by the Horns,” a nod to the challenging weather and pricing issues for all cattle producers this past year. While cattle producers acknowledge regular challenges in their business, the convention in December will encourage them to grab those issues and bring them under control.
Inspirational speaker Mike Schlappi will challenge convention-goers to take on and overcome their limitations. Following a tragic accident as a teenager, Mike has proven that just because “you can’t stand up, doesn’t mean you can’t stand out!”
Schlappi will speak on Dec. 10 at the convention. If ever a man was defined by what he can do, instead of what he cannot do, it is Schlappi. This Gold Medalist athlete, businessman, husband and father of five will talk about overcoming challenges to succeed. Schlappi is a “country boy,” who was raised in a farming community and currently owns a small farm. “Most importantly,” he says, “I love beef!”
To accommodate more opportunities to socialize,
The Iowa Cattle Industry Convention (ICIC) will kick-off with Cattlemen’s College on Monday, Dec. 9, with speakers and farmer panels covering topics such as heifer development, pasture management, cattle handling facilities, and cattle marketing.
On Dec. 10, educational sessions will look at benchmarking, genetic issues, safe food handling, and additional sessions on marketing and heifer development. Additionally,
On the final day of ICIC, there will be a session about health care exchanges and other health insurance options, the business meeting of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, which is funded by the $1/head beef checkoff paid by all cattle producers; and
ICIC attendees have some registration options. Early registration ends at on Dec. 2. Those who register before that time can enjoy all convention events and meals during the three days for just $75. Full registrations after that time will be $125.
For those who want to attend the meeting at a lower cost, a registration level that doesn’t include any meals is available. The cost is $25, and allows attendance to educational events only.
The Prairie Meadows Hotel has special room pricing of $89/night for the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention. That rate is also available for those making reservations by Dec. 2. The hotel and convention center are all located under one roof, providing ease and comfort for participation. The Prairie Meadows Hotel includes an indoor pool, wireless high speed internet, and a fitness center. Reservations for hotel rooms can be booked online at www.prairiemeadows.com using group code 012102012IC or call
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